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Senior Buyer

  • Job reference: SbuyerLancs
  • Location: Blackburn, Lancashire
  • Job type: Temporary
  • Area of Expertise: Corporate Services
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Job description: *Senior Buyer - East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust
*Based in Blackburn - Royal Blackburn Hospital
*Salary £44,000 - 45,000
*Full time, Temporary


Ideally, the postholder will be a member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply, but more importantly have a demonstrable track record of delivery gained in previous roles, and experience handling major high value projects and team leadership (public or private sector).

The Role

The post holder will take direction from the Head of Service for Procurement, Senior Purchasing Manager and the Procurement Manager but also work independently and proactively to:

1.Provide excellent customer service to clinicians and service users across the Lancashire Procurement Cluster Trusts and customer trusts.
2.Lead a range of procurement projects including planning and tender selection strategies. This involves working closely with clinical and non-clinical staff in order to achieve project support and sign off recommendations.
3.Responsible for the procurement of high value, sometimes complex contracts, ensuring appropriate project management processes are in place, status reports are compiled and EU procurement requirements are met.
4.Lead on commercial negotiations with suppliers in accordance with the project timescale.
5.Support and guide the professional and training developmental needs within the team.
6.Manage Buyer and Assistant Buyer and oversee workload, give guidance and support.
7.Support budget holders in managing their budgets for allocated projects (across the whole life cycle) and the provision of regular update reports against agreed timescales.
8.Support in the delivery of the Procurement tower and wider Lancashire Procurement Cluster strategy by ensuring it is communicated, understood and supported by budget Managers and Clinicians, so achieving the LPCs objectives and ensuring commercial arrangements are optimised throughout the member Trusts.
9.Lead on the uptake of local benefit from collaborative arrangements with all collaborative partners.
10.Record efficiencies in the form of savings from budget and inflation/cost-avoidance
Excellent communication and negotiation skills. Effective organisational, interpersonal and presentation skills .Forward thinking, results orientated .Leadership and delegation skills. Strong team player/team skills. Smart appearance. Good organisational and administrative skills. Good motivator and a positive attitude towards change and development .Ability to cope under pressure. Flexibility and adaptiveness to the changing needs of the service. Evidence of a solid attendance record. Car driver with less than 3 penalty points. Ability to work in a smoke-free environment.

Applicants should be confident in their own abilities and keen learners in order to fulfil the role to the best of your ability. If this sounds like you, and if you want to discuss the role further then please contact Matt at Service Care Solutions Ltd on 01772 208963, or alternatively send an updated CV to

The Benefits of Service Care Solutions:
* £250 training allowance
* Excellent pay rates
* Exceptional referral bonuses
* Specialist's Non-Medical Non Clinical consultants offering single point of contact
* Frequent notifications for upcoming opportunities via text and email
* Nationwide provider of staff to cover over 40 different NHS trust and private organisations
* DBS disclosures provided via fast track online services free of charge.